Lightweight travel trailers are quite popular here in Australia. We’ve got one and we love it.
We love how we have no concerns about whether our SUV can tow it, and it adds negligible costs to our fuel consumption.
However, what our small travel trailer lacks… is a bathroom. (Yes, it’s true!)
So when it comes time for us to upgrade our small travel trailer (i.e. when we can afford it) we’ll be going with another small and light pull behind trailer.
But this time, with a bathroom.
Since I’m always looking for small RV travel trailers, I thought I’d compile a list of what I find here.
Here’s our criteria:
Small Travel Trailer
‘Small’ is obviously a subjective term. So in regards to these small travel trailers, I’m going to be looking for anything under 20ft (6 metres, for those of us on metric)
Lightweight Travel Trailer
Did you know that small and lightweight travel trailers are sometimes called lite weight and ultralight travel trailers?
But no one has defined what makes a camper lightweight, or ultralight weight!
So I’m going with lightweight. And I’m saying that lightweight is under 4,000 pounds GVWR (approx. 1800kg)
A note about travel trailer weights
GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) – is the maximum permissible weight of the unit when fully loaded.
UVW (Unloaded Vehicle Weight) – is the typical weight of the unit as manufactured at the factory. It is sometimes referred to as the Dry Weight.
CCC (Cargo Carrying Capacity) ** – is the amount of weight available for fresh potable water, cargo, additional optional equipment and accessories. CCC is equal to GVWR minus UVW.
How much do ultra light travel trailers weigh?
If you’re interested, I would say that an ultra light travel trailer weighs under 3,000 pounds. (Approx 1,360kg) Totally arbitrary, but based on the few articles I’ve found online.
Sleeps two people. This can be either a double bed or two single beds.
Ideally it would be a permanent bed, not one that has to be made up from the dinette or sofa every night, but I think that might be getting a bit too fussy. These are small travel trailers we’re looking at, after all.
With a bathroom
This can be a separate toilet and shower, or a wet bath (toilet and shower combined)
And inside kitchen
I’ve seen some lite travel trailers where the kitchen is outside, like on the teardrop campers. But I’m not looking at those, just ones where you can cook, eat, sleep and use the bathroom all inside the small travel trailer.
Please note: I’ve included the length (in feet) and maximum trailer capacity GVWR (in pounds) where it’s been available for me to see. But please don’t take this as law! Do your own research to ensure the specs given are correct.
What are the best lightweight travel trailers?
Figuring out what are the the best lightweight travel trailers is something that only YOU can determine based on what YOU want and need in a light travel trailer.
What I’ve done, is compile a list of the best light weight travel trailers that I could find online. But what is best for me, will probably be different to what is best for you.
So here we go…
Airstream Sport 16RB
We start off with a bang! At just 16ft this delightful little Airstream Sport 16RB fits beautifully into our criteria. I love that it does, because I’d love me an Airstream! With timeless style and the sturdy build, I’m stoked that this small and lightweight beauty is first up on the list.
GVWR: 3,500 lbs
Also check out the Basecamp and Basecamp X by Airstream. They also fit into our criteria.
This little guy manages to fit everything into one tiny little package! The toilet/shower combo would take some getting used to (it’s tiny, and it folds up from what is basically a box) and would not be something I’d like; but it does fulfil the criteria of having a toilet and shower, so we’re keeping it in here.
GVWR: 2,500 lbs
Also check out the Grand Ascape ST, as that also fits the criteria and also comes in at only 2,500 maximum capacity.
Atia RV GU147
We call these pop-top caravans in Australia, and they are super popular. Small, light and with the roof being able to be lowered down, they fit nicely into a garage or carport when not in use.
That’s what the ‘GU’ stands for, ‘Garagable Unit’.
GVWR: 2,700 lbs
They have a few other floor plans and lengths (right up to 18ft), all of which would fit into our lightweight category.
Braxton Creek Bushwacker Plus
Everything you need and want, all in this lightweight travel trailer package.
GVWR: 3,000 lbs
Casita Travel Trailers
I’m sure you knew this one was going to be in this list. Am I right? These little fibreglass travel trailers are known for being small and light travel trailers.
I’m so, so, so glad to see the upgrade in the interior decor too!
Dry Weight: 2,480 lbs (Only the dry weight is shown on their website)
Casita have a number of different layout options, some with bathrooms, some without; but all of them would fit in the ‘lightweight travel trailer’ category.
Coachmen Clipper UltraLight 14CR
Here’s an example of a manufacturer calling their trailer an ‘ultra light’ but it’s one of the heavier of this list. It just goes to show that the terms ‘lightweight’ and ‘ultralight’ really are subjective.
GVWR: 3,823 lbs
Forest River R-Pod 171 Ultra Lite Travel Trailer
Having everything you need in one tidy little package like the R-Pod… I would be very happy with this set up! (Admittedly, I do change my mind every third travel trailer or motorhome I look at. :-/)
GVWR: 3,252 lbs
There are lots more R-Pod layouts for you to check out on their website too.
Another Forest River product to look at is the Flagstaff E-Pro. A bit heavier at 3,866 lbs GVWR but is still a lightweight. You can see the Flagstaff E-Pro here.
Gulf Stream Ameri-Lite 16RE
Gulf Stream call this model a super lite weight travel trailer, and compared to most travel trailers with all these features, that name kinda fits.
GVWR: 3,950 lbs
Gulf Stream make it quite easy to find all their lightest travel trailers. This overview page shows all the Ameri-Lite lightweight travel trailer plans and their weights.
Helio O Series
These little travel trailers look like teardrop campers that have grown up! Still small and still cute, but these have the required bathroom and internal kitchen.
GVWR: 2,000 lbs
InTech Sol Dawn
With that huge panoramic window, it’s easy to imagine living and working ina space like this. Maybe it wouldn’t feel like such a small box when you can let so much of the outside in!
GVWR: 3,500 lbs
The ever popular Jayco brand. Their Hummingbird is the lightest in their range of travel trailers (that still have a bathroom, of course).
Personally, I can’t see that murphy bed working for us and our lifestyle (where one of us is a night owl… and the other isn’t) but that’s just personal preference.
GVWR: 3,750 lbs
KZ RV Escape E171MB
Utilizing a similar floor plan to the Jayco above, the KZ only just fits into our criteria at a GVWR of 4,000.
But that slide out would sure be nice for adding more internal space! That’s the only slide-out I’ve seen on a lightweight travel trailer.
GVWR: 4,000 lbs
Lance 1475 Travel Trailer
It’s quite refreshing to see the updated decor options on the Lance 1475 travel trailer. I’m sure there will be people who hate the new grey palette just as much as I hate the old brown palette, but I’m very glad to see some updates.
And those swivel captains chairs look for comfy!
GVWR: 3,700 lbs
nüCamp TAB S
Now this is a tiny little number. But it’s got the shower and toilet, and the inside kitchen, so it’s on the list!
GVWR: 2,900 lbs
I really love the Tab 400 as well (which I wrote about in a post called: Small Campers that have everything you need) and it fits into the small and light criteria as well.
I am sorry if you’re a Scamp lover… but I think the Scamps might just be the ugliest little campers I’ve ever laid eyes on. Both inside and outside they look horrendous! (Personal opinion, of course).
BUT – I can’t help but acknowledge just how compact, functional and practical everything is.
These fibreglass trailers are just 16ft yet manage to contain everything you need. And being made of fibreglass, I’m guessing they’re insulated pretty well too.
GVWR: 2,600 lbs
Travel Lite RV Falcon F-Lite 14
Now that we’re at the end of this list, there’s not too much left to say about the F-Lite.
It has a nice modern-ish interior and everything you need.
GVWR: 3,6800 lbs
The F-Lite also has two other longer (18ft) models that also fit into our criteria of under 4,000 lbs. Certainly worth checking out.
What is the lightest travel trailer with a bathroom?
According to this list, the lightest travel trailer with a bathroom, is the Helio O Series. It’s a teeny tiny wet bath, but heck, in a trailer this small there’s no way it could be any bigger!
And there we have it. All the lightweight travel trailers with a bathroom, that I could find online.
Do you have others that I should add to the list? Don’t forget, they don’t have to be ultra lite travel trailers, but they should be under 4,000 lbs GVWR and less than 20ft long.
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